Citations Affected: IC 35-44-2-2 ; IC 35-47-4.5-3 .
Synopsis: Law enforcement officers. Makes it false informing, a Class
B misdemeanor, for a person to make a false complaint against a law
enforcement officer. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person to
direct light from a laser pointer at a state police motor carrier inspector.
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 10, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
, AS AMENDED BY P.L.156-2001,
SECTION 12, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 2. (a) As used in this section, "consumer product"
has the meaning set forth in
(b) A person who reports, by telephone, telegraph, mail, or other written or oral communication, that:
(1) the person or another person has placed or intends to place an explosive or other destructive substance in a building or transportation facility;
(2) there has been or there will be tampering with a consumer product introduced into commerce; or
(3) there has been or will be placed or introduced a weapon of mass destruction in a building or a place of assembly;
knowing the report to be false commits false reporting, a Class D felony.
(c) A person who:
(1) gives a false report of the commission of a crime or gives false
information in the official investigation of the commission of a
crime, knowing the report or information to be false;
(2) gives a false alarm of fire to the fire department of a governmental entity, knowing the alarm to be false;
(3) makes a false request for ambulance service to an ambulance service provider, knowing the request to be false;
(4) gives a false report concerning a missing child (as defined in IC 10-1-7-2 ) or gives false information in the official investigation of a missing child knowing the report or information to be false; or
(5) makes a false complaint against a law enforcement officer:
(A) that alleges the officer engaged in misconduct while performing the officer's duties; and
(B) knowing the complaint to be false;
commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.
SECTION 2. IC 35-47-4.5-3 , AS ADDED BY P.L.70-2000, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "public safety officer" means:
(1) a state police officer;
(2) a county sheriff;
(3) a county police officer;
(4) a correctional officer;
(5) an excise police officer;
(6) a county police reserve officer;
(7) a city police officer;
(8) a city police reserve officer;
(9) a conservation enforcement officer;
(10) a town marshal;
(11) a deputy town marshal;
(12) a state university police officer appointed under IC 20-12-3.5 ;
(13) a probation officer;
(14) a firefighter (as defined in IC 9-18-34-1 );
(15) an emergency medical technician;
(16) a paramedic; or
(17) a state police motor carrier inspector.